Julie Carr Smyth
COLUMBUS: A contentious bill delaying phase-in of Ohioís renewable energy targets for two years has cleared the Republican-led state Legislature and is headed to GOP Gov. John Kasich.
The bill cleared the House 53-38 Wednesday amid objections from Democrats. Senators agreed to House changes.
The measure delays implementation of goals set in 2008 for the use of renewable and advanced energy by Ohio utilities and creates a 12-member legislative commission to review the issue. After earlier attempts at effectively repealing the mandates failed, Kasich brokered a compromise allowing them to resume in 2017 if lawmakers fail to act.
Backers of the targets say forcing utilities to use more renewable energy helps the environment and creates jobs. Critics say renewables arenít reliable and drive up electric bills.